South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has performed down the specter of England’s ‘Bazball’, saying the guests have not even given a reputation to the much-talked-about strategy of the hosts to play Check cricket. Boucher mentioned South Africa are positive of adapting to situations and never permitting England to grab the momentum and run away with it when the 2 sides meet within the first of a 3-Check collection in Lord’s, London on Wednesday, August 17.
England, beneath new captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, have taken the aggressive route in Check cricket that has introduced them wealthy rewards. After having struggled to sew wins beneath Joe Root’s captaincy, Ben Stokes’s males are threatening to change into world beaters within the longest format of the sport.
If early indicators are something to go by, England are slowly however steadily turning into a formidable Check aspect. Stokes’s period started with a 3-0 drubbing of world Check champions New Zealand at residence and a convincing victory over India in a rescheduled Check in Birmingham in July. England have proven a fearless strategy, particularly on the subject of chasing massive totals within the fourth innings, managing profitable chases of 250-plus on 4 successive events. Notably, England gunned down a 378-run goal towards India in Birmingham.
“No, I don’t think we’ve given it a name. I know that they’ve given a name over here, but we believe that we’ve been playing our brand of cricket. We’ve had some tight series where we’ve come out on top of late and nothing sort of changes for us. We’ve got our processes that we all go through in order to try to get the results going our way,” Boucher instructed the press on the eve of the Lord’s Check.
“I’ve always said that we like to be nice and smart. We want to play aggressive cricket, but you’ve got to be smart with regards to that as well. And nothing will change for us. You know, I know this is an England with South Africa series and there’s always a lot of hype in the media.
“There are quite a lot of issues that get mentioned. The underside line is that this recreation is between bat and ball and you have to make good selections at sure occasions of the sport. And, you realize, we’re centered on on attempting to do this from our aspect and England will most likely do the identical. They have their model that they need to play, which is ideal. We simply have gotten to attempt to match it on the day and attempt to discover methods to negate that.”
South Africa are heading into the series on the backing of a fine run in Tests in 2022. After beating India at home, South Africa drew a series against New Zealand 1-1, before hammering Bangladesh 2-0 at home.
Boucher’s comments come days after Dean Elgar, the South Africa captain, played down England’s Bazball approach, saying it will be interesting to see if the hosts can maintain the intensity against the Proteas pacers.
Earlier on Thursday, Ben Stokes hit back at Elgar, saying it’s the visitors who have spoken the most about Bazball in the lead-up to the Lord’s Test.
“The opposition appear to be doing quite a lot of the speaking in the mean time about it. We simply consider what we do,” Stokes said on Tuesday.
“We have got a mode of play, they have a mode of play. On the finish of the day, it is bat towards ball and whoever performs greatest over a Check match is most definitely to win,” he added.
WILL RABADA PLAY?
Furthermore, Mark Boucher gave an update on Kagiso Rabada’s availability, saying the lead pacer is likely to be fit for the series opener.
The fast bowler missed the Proteas’ final T20 against England due to an ankle injury and was not risked during the four-day warm-up match against the England Lions at Canterbury last week.
“I hope (he can be match). He is come on nicely I believe,” Boucher mentioned.
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